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Pope Francis mourns victims of 'heinous' attack on Istanbul airport

Jun 29, 2016 - 04:30 am .- During his Wednesday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking that God would convert the hearts of those who choose violence.

Prayer is the 'way out' of a closed heart and mind, Pope Francis says

Jun 29, 2016 - 03:15 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis gave 25 new archbishops the pallium, encouraging them to remain strong in prayer, which he said helps in staying open to God’s surprises, rather than closing in on oneself.

Catholic, Orthodox Churches united by mercy, Pope says

Jun 28, 2016 - 11:46 am .- Catholic and Orthodox Churches find unity in God's mercy and in the responsibility to spread the Gospel, Pope Francis said Tuesday to a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

Benedict XVI to Francis: 'your goodness is a place where I feel protected'

Jun 28, 2016 - 06:22 am .- On Tuesday, Benedict XVI gave his second public speech since his final day as Pope, expressing gratitude for a lengthy priesthood and for Pope Francis' “goodness,” which he said moves him deeply.

Pope Francis 'angry' over media slant on women deacons

Jun 27, 2016 - 01:20 pm .- Pope Francis told journalists on Sunday that he was somewhat angered when reports emerged that the Church was allegedly paving the way for the ordination of women to the diaconate, since no such change is in the works.

Full text: Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Armenia

Jun 26, 2016 - 04:54 pm .- During his flight from Armenia to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the assembled journalists aboard the papal plane. He reflected on his three-day trip to Armenia, his upcoming trips to Azerbaijan and Poland, the role of the Pope emeritus, Christian unity, and the reformation.

Pope and Armenian Church leader: Crisis in the family caused by secularism

Jun 26, 2016 - 05:30 am .- In a joint declaration signed Sunday, Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II expressed their shared belief that, when the family is no longer seen as sacred, it falls into crisis.

Pope to Catholicos Karekin II: 'We have embraced as brothers'

Jun 26, 2016 - 01:58 am .- Pope Francis reiterated his desire for full communion with the Armenian Apostolic Church during its divine liturgy on Sunday, the final major event of his three-day visit to the Caucasus nation.

Faith is not a museum piece, Pope says

Jun 25, 2016 - 03:40 am .- During the first major Mass of his three-day visit to Armenia, Pope Francis said faith is not a thing of the past, like an artifact in a museum. Rather, it is kept alive through continuous encounters with Christ.

'Spirit of Ecumenism' helps promote Christian witness, Pope says

Jun 24, 2016 - 07:24 am .- Praying at the main cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the start of his three-day visit to the Caucasus nation, Pope Francis praised the “spirit of ecumenism,” and its role in promoting human dignity against “grave forms of material and spiritual poverty.”

Pope Francis: Europe must ensure peaceful coexistence after Brexit

Jun 24, 2016 - 07:12 am .- Pope Francis has said the result of the U.K.’s referendum to leave the European Union reflects the “will of the people” and that there is now a “great responsibility” to ensure the well being of people in the U.K. and peaceful coexistence on continental Europe.

There's no excuse for it: Pope Francis on the death penalty

Jun 22, 2016 - 04:37 pm .- In a video message sent Wednesday to a gathering of advocates for abolition of the death penalty, Pope Francis welcomed their efforts as a way to promote the right to life of all persons.

A martyr of the French revolution is almost a saint

Jun 22, 2016 - 06:02 am .- In just two days in early September of 1792, approximately 1,200 people were slaughtered by revolutionaries in France.

Pope delivers weekly catechesis alongside his 'brother' refugees

Jun 22, 2016 - 05:22 am .- Joined closely by just over a dozen refugees at his weekly public audience, Pope Francis said that in following Jesus’ example, the Christian excludes no one.

Who was Elizabeth of the Trinity? The story behind a new saint

Jun 21, 2016 - 03:03 am .- Pope Francis acknowledged a miracle worked through the intercession of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite nun of the 20th century, paving the way for her canonization likely later this year.

The world needs Christ more than ever, Pope Francis says

Jun 19, 2016 - 05:12 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that with a growing sense of emptiness and insecurity gripping the world, Jesus Christ is needed more than ever before, since he alone knows how to answer humanity’s deepest questions.

Christian persecution extends beyond genocide, Pope says

Jun 18, 2016 - 06:06 pm .- In a wide-ranging question and answer session on Saturday, Pope Francis said it is “reductionism” to describe the violence against Christians in the world; the correct word, he said, is persecution.

Pope: Authentic conversion only comes from Christ

Jun 18, 2016 - 06:10 am .- Recognizing the needs of others is a sign of genuine conversion, which only happens when the heart is ready to be changed by Jesus, Pope Francis said Saturday.

For Pope Francis, the Catholic laity can transform the world

Jun 18, 2016 - 06:04 am .- The Church should always value the transformative power of faith-filled laity who are willing to serve the Gospel, Pope Francis said Friday.

Vatican lends hand in welcoming new group of Syrian refugees to Rome

Jun 17, 2016 - 08:29 am .- Since 2015, when the refugee crisis reached a fever pitch in Europe, five Syrian families fleeing civil war have found refuge in Italy with the help of the Vatican. As of Thursday, nine more people have been added to that list.

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